overarching

[oh-ver-ahr-ching]
adjective
1.
forming an arch above: great trees with overarching branches.
2.
encompassing or overshadowing everything: The community's overarching needs are more jobs and better housing.

Origin:
1710–20; overarch + -ing2

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overarch

[oh-ver-ahrch]
verb (used with object)
1.
to span with or like an arch: A new bridge overarches the river.
verb (used without object)
2.
to form an arch over something: a cerulean sky overarching in the early twilight.

Origin:
1660–70; over- + arch1

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overarch (ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃ)
 
vb
(tr) to form an arch over

overarching (ˌəʊvərˈɑːtʃɪŋ)
 
adj
overall; all-encompassing: an overarching concept

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overarching
1720, from overarch (1660s), from over + arch.
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Example sentences
There does not seem to be one overarching project or thesis to tie the program
  together.
Adding one more-even an overarching one-may do little good unless the whole
  regime is streamlined.
Further, any theft of seed by corporations is an overarching crime on all its
  fronts.
The overarching point is, as it almost always is these days, to honor diversity
  and unity all at once.
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